The strange surroundings, the many unknown smells, but also the nervousness of masters and mistresses ensure that many brave heroes on four paws have their hearts slipped into their “pants”. Nothing can be changed in terms of smell and surroundings. But if you are well prepared and stay calm, you save your nerves.
The best preparation is education. This does not mean “seat” and “place”, but that the animal can be touched anywhere. Sensitive parts of the body are the paws, the mouth, the ears and the eye area. Use every opportunity to stroke these parts of the body so that the animal gets used to the touch. Also open the animal’s mouth gently from time to time. If you have a cat or dog puppy, you should get them used to brushing their teeth. Your vet will show you how to do this.
Pity at the vet only makes things worse. Dogs and cats react strongly to the moods of their owners. If you keep reassuring your dog that he’s a very poor drunk, he’ll believe he actually is and whine and whine for all it takes. So if you feel sorry for yourself, don’t show it to your four-legged friend.
Anyone who owns a new cat or a new dog or changes the vet should present the animal to the doctor of their choice as soon as possible. During the initial examination, you not only get to know each other, but you also get certainty about the state of health of the animal family member. Cats or dog puppies usually need to be vaccinated and dewormed again anyway when they move in with their new family. Introducing the healthy animal to the vet has many advantages. Because this first experience with the doctor can be made positive. Treats, pats and the fact that the examination does not hurt take much of the animal’s shyness and fear. You can use your first visit to ask the vet questions about keeping and feeding. It is important to ask him how the emergency services are organized so that you can get veterinary help quickly in an emergency.
Of course, the veterinarian needs to know as much as possible about his patient’s history. Take your vaccination certificate and any medical records you may have with you. Make a note of when you dewormed your animal with what means or whether it is regularly given medication. In this case, take the pack with you.
Animals are not machines and the unexpected is part of everyday life in the veterinary practice. Don’t get impatient if you have to wait a little. After all, you also want your vet to take time for you and your pet and not to hand you over.
But don’t wait too long to see the vet if your pet has problems. The more advanced a disease is, the more time-consuming it is to treat it and the more expensive it ultimately becomes. Precise information about the disease and the history of your animal will make the diagnosis easier for the veterinarian. Tell him how long the problem has existed, what other symptoms you have noticed and whether the animal has been pretreated, be it by another vet or on your own. Honesty is the key, because every pretreatment distorts the clinical picture and leads your vet on the wrong track.
Even a veterinarian has work time and it’s actually a matter of course that you stick to the consultation hours. In special cases, if you z. For example, if you have an extremely anxious animal, most vets are willing to make appointments. In an emergency, no vet will refuse to treat your animal, even on the weekend. But make sure beforehand that the practice is also manned, otherwise you may go there for free.
(Text: Barbara Welsch, veterinarian)
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